Tanzania is trying to stop the sale of human skin. At an international business fair there, visitors will see a gruesome exhibit of human body parts in the government’s effort to discourage the underground trade in human skin. And nuns have discovered a trafficking network in children’s sex organs in Mozambique.
The skin and sex organs are used in shamanic ceremonies. Tanzanian forensic scientist Gloria Machube says, “People are skinned and the skin is used for their rituals. But fortunately they are caught by the police.”
In 2001, police arrested 13 members of a skin-smuggling ring and charged them with murder. The price of the human skins range from $2,400 to $9,600, depending on the age of the victim.